Hope has taken a significant step and made a wise investment in its future by hiring its first-ever town manager.
Having Melina Ann Fox in that role is important because the town — Bartholomew County’s second-largest community with 2,147 residents — has big plans that need shepherding.
The Hope Town Council, whose members are considered part-time, adopted a comprehensive plan that includes projects such as aesthetic improvements to the town square, infrastructure upgrades and generating greater interest in Hope’s attractions and events.
Already, Hope has a lot to offer, including Heritage Days and Civil War Days, plus cruise-ins and Halloween, Christmas and barbecue events on the square, among other popular activities. Town leaders believe there are opportunities to do even more.
The council is counting on Fox to orchestrate improvements and growth for the town and help attract visitors. She’ll be an advocate for the comprehensive plan, oversee daily town government operations and be available to assist people who have questions or seek information.
Those are important roles and ones that are difficult for part-time council members to handle on a daily basis.
Fox appears to have the background that will allow her to handle her new duties well.
The Greensburg resident understands the rural and agricultural heritage of nearby Hope. She was a presidential appointee to the Farm Service Agency State Committee at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and served as director of public relations for Stewart Seeds Inc.
By hiring a town manager, Hope’s leaders are making an investment that could reap huge benefits for the town and its future.